Scotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 880 times:
Last night, a daring young Briton, working alone and unarmed, smuggled himself into the inner sanctum of a large group of hand picked party supporters who stood in thunderous applause in support of their leader, unquestioning in their homage to their Government's leader. As their leader spoke, young Mr Wilson, amidst tight security, dared to do the unthinkable, in a near suicidal act of patriotism and selflessness.
In spite of being surrounded by large numbers of security personnel, police officers, minders and party apparatchiks, he stood up, faced the great leader and at point blank range...... dared to PUBLICLY question him over his policy on Iraq.
He was promptly manhandled out of the meeting, after being told by the great leaer - not Kim, not Saddam, not Milosevic, but Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (a democracy, I believe)
"I am making my speech now and you can go and make yours somewhere else"
Mr. Wilson later told Channel 5 News: "The British people can't be silenced over opposition to a war with Iraq. At least it gets people talking about it and realising that we're not going to be silenced by Labour spin,"
"I think people are just sick of not having a voice"
Maybe his act was naive but I salute Mr. Wilson for trying to make a point on behalf of the silent majority of the British people. You have my respect young fella. With none of the main parties in the House of Commons appearing to adequately represent the 77% of the British public who oppose unilateral military action against Iraq, there must be other ways found to make our voice heard and to give Blair a wake up call.
Apathoid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 843 times:
Here we go again...if a leftie does this, he's an "activist." If someone on the "right side" does it, he's a "radical." Give me a break.
You salute him only because you agree with him. Yet, if I were to protest outside an abortion clinic because I think abortion is murder, you label me a religious nut.
Get off your high horse. Free speech applies to us all, so unless you can applaud my bravery for standing up for what I believe in, even though you feel I am wrong, then you really don't have anything valid to say.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13370 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 841 times:
While this guy is speaking for a majority at the moment, it's a bit rich to compare him being gently removed to the torture and death he'd face in Iraq.
Personally, I think Blair is absolutely sincere in his intentions, that may make him foolish, or it may not.
If Wilson is so concerned about life in poor countries generally, well the Voluntary Service Overseas is short of people.
But ultimately, despite my own reservations about policy on Iraq, despite the dumb inappropriateness of comparing Saddam to Hitler, I cannot help thinking that if Iain Wilson had been around in the 1930's, he'd have been one of those Oxford University types declaring that he 'would not fight'.